"Well, pegging was allowed back then," I said.
"Oh, f--- that!" he responded. Then, a long pause before he spoke again. "Was it really?"
I think it's safe to say that I killed any chance of him playing on that team.
Granted, baseball (or, base ball, as it was called back then) has changed radically since Alexander Cartwright wrote the first 20 "Knickerbocker Rules" for the game. Still, wouldn't it be ridiculous if some of our most well-known modern sports still played by the original rules? Let's take a look-see:
Here's a sample of what we'd be seeing:
Notice how the announcers can't contain their laughter. It would be like that on almost every play, if only baseball still allowed pegging.
Well, think about what DeAndre Jordan would do to one of Dr. James Naismith's peach baskets.
And how ridiculous is Naismith's original Rule 5: No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed. Oh wait, those are the rules that refs enforce on anyone defending Kobe.
No goalie mask. 'Nuff said.
|Hockey great Terry Sawchuck.|
No forward pass. Thank goodness for Knute Rockne and the Fighting Irish.
According to Thomas Vennum's book Lacrosse Legends of the First Americans, early laxers may have used "heads taken in warfare...as game balls." Can't imagine too many rich suburban kids from Long Island signing up for that sport.
And to tell you the truth, I can't imagine myself signing up for any of these sports. Turns out that, with the exception of basketball, sports were a lot more manly -- dare I say, too manly? -- when their original rules were created.